‘Sustainability in Football’ – Work Experience at SustainIt
It’s August, and for a certain age-group it is time to enter a new and unknown world. Work. More specifically, work experience. Always interested in facilitating personal development, SustainIt recently took on their annual recruit to learn all about corporate social responsibility data consultancy.
To demonstrate the wide reach of CSR and sustainability, we asked George to take a step away from coffee making and cupboard filing to think about sustainability on a topic he had a personal interest in.
Although our national team may not always deliver on the pitch, George decided to investigate what efforts are being made in Football to manage CSR and sustainability. Below is an interesting extract of the article…
Sustainability in football
At Forest Green Rovers’ stadium, New Lawn, they create power from 170 solar panels on the South Stand roof producing enough renewable energy to run the whole ground. These solar panels can create up to 45kw of electricity which is used all over the ground. The stadium is also fitted with free to use, fast chargers for all eco cars which can charge car batteries to 80% in 30 minutes. Any of the power that is left over is given to the national grid. They have also used lots of recycled plastic for the seats.
Bristol City’s stadium, Ashton Gate, recently entered into a 20 year power purchase agreement with the local council for 117kw solar system to help meet the city’s green planning requirements.
Dartford FC’s stadium, Princes Park, is made entirely out of recycled wood and plastic including the seats. The roof of the stadium is covered with grass and there are also solar panels used to power the ground. The rain water that runs off the roof is collected and put into two 1,300m2 lakes used for watering the pitch.
The Vitesse Arnhem Gelredome Stadium has 320m2 of photovoltaic cells that generate a 30,000kWh surplus. It has eco-friendly cooling and heating systems and seats are also made from recycled materials.
What George didn’t know was that a lot of these techniques can be seen as progress to a more circular economy which after learning this really interested him. It may be too early to tell if George will be a leader in Green Building Design after University but we wish him all the best for the future.
As well as internships and work experience, SustainIt are always interested in speaking to experienced professionals who are interested in working for our great company. Please send any interest to firstname.lastname@example.org